beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dense black. Very thin dark tan cap. Super creamed collar remains. Minimal lace in some some spots and skinny sheeting.
Aroma has a good medley of roasted mocha milked coffee with chocolate additions to its roast. A tender amount of dark cherry and purple grapes steep underneath.
Taste is a load of sour milked chocolate. Wow, a doozy of weird souring cream and strangely bitter coffee flavors break the surface up front with tremedous force and brashness. Smoothes off the back end with very light smoothness of chocolate cake and cookie dough. Stays pretty sour and sad for most of its duration. I’m wondering if this may be an infected bottle?
Feel is slippery and smooth with a lighter medium body and some empty areas. Not all that active or playful. Just kinda there. Sourness is getting in the way of most of what the feel potentially could be?
I’ll need to get another bottle or more to determine the infected theory. Still seemed OK to me in a way but the weird sour tone conjured up a bad vibe on this one.
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Tim. Best.Nose.Ever. Coffee, butterscotch, cream, milk, amazing chocolate. Deep deep brown body with a dark head. Flavor is not what the nose says. Tart cherry and coffee. I could smell this beer forever.
Sammy (9981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 terrific brewed coffee aroma, and very nice appearance. The rest of the experience is average. There is vanilla, some woodiness, but surprisingly sour. A fresh newly bottled beer, thanks to Tim (IPFreely) for sharing
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black body with an off white head. Nice looking beer. WHOA!!! The intense aroma of foo-foo coffee drink smacks you right away. Lots of vanilla. Tastes just like it smells. I like my coffee black, please.
Dorwart (2466) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2005 Thin dense brown head from a vigorous pour. Frothy on top. Lots of sludge/sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Color is black as midnight. Strong coffee aroma with plenty of roasted grains and a bit of chocolate. To much coffee for me. Wow, very strange flavor. Sour and sweet flavor. Not sure if this is the way it is supposed to be. Says that it was bottled in Feb 2005. Almost tart like a flemmish sour ale. Very fruity with a combating strong coffee aftertaste. Not sure what the hell they were thinking with this brew. Very thin body for a stout. Finish is bitter from the coffee yet slippery from the sweet, fruity tartness. A very strange stout and not one that I will likely try again. Sorry ths is quickly becoming a drain pour. I don’t know. Maybe the bottle was infected.
asheft (2777) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[from a bottle at "the Mondial"]
This beer is definitive proof that dark, high gravity beers are overrated on ratebeer.
Almost opaque with no head--dark, reddish brown at thinner parts of the glass. This beer looked like a glass of coca-cola. The aroma was of creme brulee and a bit fruity but really lacked character. Flavour was very dry and subdued and a bit soda watery with a burnt malt finish. There was a pleasant coffee flavour that developped somewhere near the end of the taste. Thin body and medium carbonation. The coffee and malt bitterness lingered.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mondial de la Bière de Montréal 2005. Arômes de crème, de caramel, de torréfié, de vanille... Tabac même... Saveurs acides de chocolat.
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Mondial 2005. Very sweet, chocolatey aroma with mild vanilla hints. Extremely tempting aroma that is not too off from Dieu du CIel’s Aphrodisaque. Mildly transparent dark brown/mahogany color with a small tan head. Start is somewhat acidic and harsh, but turns chocolatey and sweet in the middle with hints of vanilla. Moderate roastiness to finish. The acidity and lack of body really detracts from this beer’s marvellous aroma.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2006 Rerate 8/8/06: I got this bottle out of the cooler at Kuhnhenn, so I can attest to its handling. Pour fills the glass with about 80% foam. After it all settles, the aroma is full of tart fruity notes with some mild roastiness. Body starts lightly sweet and caramely malty, quickly turning sour toward a dry, woody, ashy, and smoky tart finish with lingering mocha notes. Something’s definitely infected here, and this is the second time I’ve noticed it. Maybe, the error lies in the way they (hopefully) sterilize the coffee that gets added, because I’ve never noticed infections in any of their other beers.
Original rating 5/25/05: Dark and opaque with a thin, tan head with marginal lacing. Has a nice roasty coffee aroma reminiscent of Founder’s Breakfast Stout with some sweet caramel and chocolate malts, and a touch of light fruity tartness. Starts lightly malty and sweet but unveils some sour, acidic character that I find out of place. Finshes semi-dry, lightly tart and the roasty coffee shows up again amidst dark chocolate. Get rid of the acidity and add a touch more malt and you got a great beer. Thanks to jtw for the bottle!
heemer77 (5210) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Not the nitro version. I was drinking with pintbypint and he had accidentally ordered the nitro version. The body is black with amber highlights and traces of a head on top. The aroma is strong coffee sweetened with brandy and maple syrup. The taste is light coffee with grass and dark chocolate. As you drink, you also get molasses hints. Had this again at a festival. Still a solid beer.